Apple Toffee Blondies


These Apple Blondies are JAM PACKED with sweetness! An all-time favorite!

My morning went a little something like this…

I woke up mad because I had a dream that I was married to Prince William and he left me for a woman who could tie a cherry stem with her tongue.

Of course that made me angry at my REAL husband for being a man.  “YOU ARE ALL PERVERTS!”,  I yelled at him.

He had no idea what was going on, but just shrugged in agreement.


I made a cup of coffee and clicked on the morning news, only to discover that the White House crasher wife, Michaele Salahi left her husband for a guitarist from the band Journey.  I don’t know what to make of that piece of information, but it was a lead story on Good Morning America.  So it MUST be important.


Next I saw that Toddlers and Tiaras is still a show.  Like as in STILL ON TV.   I am horrified by the fact that people watch that.


Then my 8 year old gave me a one-arm hug as he ran to catch the bus.  Like a cool-guy hug.  Not an, “I’m gonna miss you so much today, Mom.”


Finally I saw that the Kardashians have started a clothing line.  It’s heavy on jumpsuits and leopard.  They are selling it at Sears…which makes me scratch my chin.


Anyway, it’s been a weird morning so far…

and it’s getting even weirder because I am posting a dessert with fruit.  Which I am sort of fundamentally against.  But these are acceptable because you can eat them with your hands.

AND they have frosting.  So yeah, I accept you fruit.  This time.

Apple Toffee Blondies.

This is a straight forward recipe.  The hardest part is chopping your apples.

Then mix up your batter and spread it in your pan.

Bake it, let it cool and spread some yummy frosting on top.

Now, go on, eat your fruit.

Apple Toffee Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting
  • ⅔ cup room temperature butter
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup peeled, chopped tart apple (1 large)
  • ½ cup toffee bits
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 9×13 baking pan lightly with cooking or baking spray.
  3. Cream butter and brown sugar in mixer until smooth.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and beat on medium until combined.
  5. On low, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mixing until just combined.
  6. Stir in the chopped apples and toffee bits until evenly distributed.
  7. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes until the center is set.
  8. Let cool completely before slicing or frosting.
Frosting Directions
  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add brown sugar and milk and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar with a whisk.
  3. Let cool until it thickens enough to spread.
  4. Stir before spreading on top of blondies.
  5. Let frosting set for 30 minutes and then cut into bars.


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124 Comments on "Apple Toffee Blondies"


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September 15, 2011 10:50 pm

I was just about to make your Chocolate Toffee Bars, and now? This deliciousness! I don’t know what to do! Which to make?! But this is a good sign when this is the today’s hardest decision.

Glory/ Glorious Treats
September 15, 2011 10:52 pm

Ok, these look SOOOOO good!! I want to run to the store for apples and make these!! And normally I’m not a fruit in dessert kind of gal either, but boy do these sound good!

September 15, 2011 10:53 pm

Haha, I love the bit about your dream and getting mad at your husband. I sometimes find it difficult to forgive people for things they’ve done in my dreams. They should be more careful about how they behave in my head!

I don’t even know where to begin on these. They look so good, I’m wondering when I could make them!

barb kelly
barb kelly
September 15, 2011 11:00 pm

I, too, get angry at my husband for something that happened in a dream. See…….we are all normal 🙂

Cookbook Queen
September 15, 2011 11:05 pm

I LOOOOVE desserts with apples in it. True story.

Also, word to the wise–never buy clothing from a store that also specializes in oil changes and tools. The End.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
September 15, 2011 11:13 pm

Precisely why I don’t watch the news!

Um, I kind of want to make everything you make lately! Another recipe to save!!

September 15, 2011 11:17 pm

These sound delicious and the icing takes these to a whole nother level. I relatively new to your blog and I’m still in awe of your recipes and photos. You’ve created a beautiful spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoy the time I spend here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

Pedey @ Do You Smell That
September 15, 2011 11:27 pm

That brown sugar frosting is speaking to me! YUM!

Heather @ Curly Girl Kitchen
September 15, 2011 11:40 pm

I’m torn between so many amazing looking recipes! I don’t know what to make first…

Karriann Graf
September 15, 2011 11:48 pm

A perfect fall treat! Happy Baking!

September 15, 2011 11:52 pm
This is a GREAT one Shel! I don’t know how you come up with these things! This one is going to be a hit…perfect for fall. Now for the list…I can tie a cherry with my tongue. Does this change what you think of me? I saw the housewife thing too. From the dentist’s office. All I could think is that my life would be much improved if I looked like her. I know someone who is Toddler and Tiara’s material, and I shift between wanting to punch her, and thinking about abducting her child. And, um, I bet Kim… Read more »
September 16, 2011 12:06 am

Kardashians at Sears? Hmmmm, seems kind of like a sell out. But these bars – I would be in trouble around these babies!

September 16, 2011 12:33 am

Such a LOVELY and oh so YUMMY looking dessert with fruit in it! I’ve been excited to start baking with apples as Fall has gotten into full swing here in Southern NH….your recipe is just what I’ve been looking for! Many, many thanks! 🙂

September 16, 2011 12:43 am

I have this weird feeling that I’ve made these before…it goes really well with your weird morning. I saw a commercial for an episode of the Kardashians where they were talking about their clothing line. Apparently there is “something for everyone”. Unless you don’t like leopard.

September 16, 2011 1:12 am

OMG seriously…you almost make me piddle in my pants. I hate when I have those kinds of dreams when I wake up pissed at the world! I have actually woken up and gave my sleeping husband a huge punch on the arm because he was “cheating” on me with Susan Boyle!
And “Like” I cant believe the Kardashians are selling at Sears. I mean, they could have made a deal with JCPennys at least!
But I do love your yummy dessert. That makes up for my husband cheating on me with Susan Boyle

September 16, 2011 1:20 am

That does sound like an odd morning, The blondies look great tho and I bet they taste great as well!! Heres hoping you had a better day 🙂

September 16, 2011 1:42 am

Brown sugar frosting?? Now that sounds amazing to me! I sure hope your day got a lot better after posting this! I mean if you ate more of these bars, I’m sure that would help:-)

Jodi Hall
September 16, 2011 2:00 am

These look really yum!

Amy | She Wears Many Hats
September 16, 2011 2:11 am

I can tie a cherry stem with my mouth but I don’t remember being in your dream last night.

Yummy dessert my friend.

September 16, 2011 4:43 am

A. Can’t tie a cherry with my tongue.
B. Don’t watch her show.
C. Don’t watch that show.
D. Glad he didn’t miss the bus
E. Don’t watch their show and tired of seeing their faces at my supermarket check-out.
F. Love this recipe, love that there is fruit in it and that it’s apple and love that it has a brown sugar frosting.

Amy K
Amy K
September 16, 2011 9:23 am

This post cracks me up. Your husband seems to be very easy going! 🙂
These look delicious – pinning them for this weekend when I’ve got a hard-working, hungry crew of men here harvesting corn. Gotta love fall!

bridget {bake at 350}
September 16, 2011 11:03 am

Fruit with frosting is perfectly acceptable. I’m not sure there is another way to eat fruit…other than mixed with sugar, baked and topped with frosting! 😉 Beautiful pics!

September 16, 2011 11:31 am

Ok, I heard about this Kardashians clothing line. It sounds just straight U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi you ugly, ya ya you ugly. I hope today starts off slightly less bizarre. Maybe you should eat these for breakfast, that’ll get your day headed in the right direction!

September 16, 2011 12:21 pm

Fruit in blondies topped with brown sugar frosting sounds like a great way to eat it. I LOVE this frosting!

Robyn Rasmussen
September 16, 2011 12:46 pm

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September 16, 2011 2:21 pm

I love dessert with fruit it in!! These sounds wonderful I hope I find time to make them soon!

September 16, 2011 2:55 pm

The blondies look great.


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Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
September 16, 2011 4:05 pm

Oh my goodness. These look awesome. I’m thinking football food, and I’m thinking I need to make it happen SOON! 🙂

September 16, 2011 5:43 pm

I just made blondies with apples-will have to post the recipe soon. Loved them! I love that you added toffee. I am going to make these next!

September 16, 2011 5:55 pm

I have everything to make these! WAHOO! *I might even add in some Caramel to the batter.
Thanks for sharing!

September 16, 2011 8:34 pm

I just picked about 25 lbs. of honey crisp apples…I know what I’m making first 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
September 16, 2011 8:37 pm

haha, I saw the Kardashians hawking their stuff on all the morning shows. Considering their gneral fashion taste, I don’t think I would want anything designed by them.

Georgia Pellegrini
September 16, 2011 9:16 pm

Love how “appley” these look! And I totally agree about Toddlers and Tiaras… I’m wondering why they aren’t investigating those situations as possible crimes…

September 16, 2011 10:31 pm

OMG Im in love with that frosting!

September 17, 2011 1:14 am

Gorgeous blondies!! And a hilarious morning, I have to say. 😉

C&C Cakery
September 18, 2011 5:02 pm

Desserts with fruit is the best. Toddlers and Tiaras and leopard-print jumpsuits are train wrecks. I’m glad we have both in the world so everything balances out 🙂 Thanks so much for posting this recipe – it’s perfect for the fall 🙂

a spoonful of yumm
September 19, 2011 9:34 am

these blondies look so delish ! love the combination of apple toffee 😀

September 20, 2011 7:11 pm

Looks like a wonderful fall recipe! I’m Gluten Free though…..I’m gonna try and use a GF flour blend. I have to at least try! Right? Wish me luck!

September 20, 2011 8:13 pm
Made these and they turned out good…the frosting is the BOMB, of course, but my bars did not look soft, gooey or dense like your picture. I will do a few things different next time: 1) add at LEAST 2 cups of diced apples…one cup was barely noticeable 2) I would add the whole bag of toffee bits 3) I would only cook about 22-25 minutes…definitely doesn’t seem to need 30 minutes… I also added about a tbsp. of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg…that gave it a great, warm flavor 🙂 I’ll let you know how the next batch… Read more »

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C Allyn
C Allyn
September 21, 2011 6:45 pm

First time here…made me chuckle, the story,not the recipe.
Recipe sounds great and I am trying that this week.
The dream resonates with me.
I dream about something, wake up mad and the husband has no idea what happened.
Poor guy, better bake him a batch of these brownies.

September 22, 2011 7:52 am

brown sugar frosting is an absolute favorite of mine, and pairing it with an apple-y treat is brilliant. tasty bars!

September 22, 2011 6:36 pm

I just finished making these blondies. I must say that I was disappointed because the recipe said to wait 30 minutes for the icing to set up…….I didn’t wait. I took one little corner and WOW!!!!. These are absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this perfect fall treat. I will wait for the icing to set for my next piece….:-)

September 25, 2011 10:48 pm

I made these on this rainy, chilly day here in Wisconsin. They’re awesome! I did have to add 10 more minutes to the baking time though, as it was still very jiggly in the center at 30 minutes. They turned out great. I also had more than 1 c. of a huge granny smith apple. They are VERY sweet, thus small squares are being cut. This is a keeper!

Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen
September 28, 2011 1:58 pm

Yum….these look amazing!!

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